Dragons open season versus Bandits Friday
The Drumheller Mail
The season begins Friday for the Drumheller Dragons.
The Dragons’ official home opener is September 13 as they come back to the Dragons den to take on the defending champions the Brooks Bandits. On Saturday night September 14, the Okotoks Oilers come to town.
This comes after a strong preseason where the Dragons notched wins over the Camrose Kodiaks, and the Olds Grizzlys.
They will have their work cut out for them with the Bandits. The team faced off once in the preseason with the bandits stealing a 6-1 victory. Brooks was 2-1 versus the Okotoks Oilers in preseason play.
Coach Kevin Hasselberg says he likes what he is seeing.
“It is a great group of players,” he said. “There is a lot of potential and room to grow as players. We are excited to coach this group. We are going to go through some tough times and we are going to go through mailphoto by Patrick Kolafa
some good times.”
So far he is impressed with the work ethic.
“There are elements we have to develop, you are not going to replace players like Brett Edwards or Bradley Stonnell and Jordan Taupert in one season,” he said. “You are going to have to rely on first-year players to improve, obviously the recruiting class we have coming in we have high expectations for.”